Some Garza tidbits ....
Here's a series of odds and ends about the Garza no-hitter compiled by ESPN's Stats & Info crew:
* Matt Garza throws the first no-hitter in Rays history (leaving the Mets and Padres as the only active MLB franchises without a no-hitter) and the fifth no-hitter in MLB this season. The five no-hitters are the most in a season since 1991, when there were an all-time record seven no-nos.
* Garza faced the minimum 27 batters, becoming the sixth pitcher since 1954 to throw a no-hitter (not a perfect game) while facing the minimum.
* Garza had previously thrown a one-hitter in 2008, when he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before losing it on a solo home run to Hanley Ramirez.
* Garza is the first-ever pitcher named Matt to throw a no-hitter.
* This is the first no-hitter ever thrown on July 26 of a season.
* The Tigers were no-hit for the first time since June 1990, when Randy Johnson (then a Mariner) did it to them. Their 19-year streak since then had been the longest no-hit streak among AL teams until Garza snapped it.
* Home plate ump Ed Hickox had never had the plate for a no-hitter.
* This was the second no-hitter at Tropicana Field this year; Qualcomm Stadium in 2001 was the last ballpark to host two no-hitters.
* The Tropicana Field crowd of 17,009 was the fifth lowest for a no-hitter going back to 1995, though second smallest this season as only 12,228 saw Dallas Braden's perfect game against the Rays on May 9 in Oakland.
* How Rays starter Matt Garza no-hit the Tigers:
- 82.5 pct fastballs (most in a start this season)
- 73.9 pct fastballs (season high) and 10.9 pct curveballs (season low) in 2-strike counts
- 49.5 pct of fastballs up in the zone (42.9 pct in starts entering Monday)
- 44.2 pct of pitches up in the zone (2nd-most in a start this season)
- 8 swings-and-misses up in the zone, 7 of them with his fastball (both season highs)
- 5 of those misses came on fastballs out of the zone (most in a start this season; had just 7 in his last 7 starts combined)
- Hitters chased 35.7 pct of fastballs up out of the strike zone (25.0 pct in starts entering Monday)
* And from the Elias Sports Bureau:
-The last team to be on the winning side of a no-hitter with as few as three hits: The 1988 Reds had three in a 1-0 win over the Dodgers in Tom Browning's perfect game.
-The Rays became the most recent team to be no-hit and throw a no-hitter in the same season; it happened three times in 1991, to the Orioles, White Sox and Expos.
-The Rays are the third team to be involved in three no-hitters in a single season. The other two are the 1917 White Sox and the 1917 Browns (all three of those games were between the White Sox and Browns).